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Introduction

Howard Erskine-Hill

in Poetry and the Realm of Politics

Published in print June 1996 | ISBN: 9780198117315
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670916 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117315.003.0001
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This introductory chapter begins by laying out the main contention of this book, that there is a political component, often involving contemporary political ideas and historical circumstance, in some of the most powerful poetic works of 16th- and 17th-century English literature, works which have in the past been usually read for their aesthetic achievement and generalized wisdom. It argues that this political component is an eventual part of their aesthetic life, and that that, in its turn, is part of that wider historical culture which it is the vocation of scholarship to explore.

Keywords: poetry; English literature; Shakespeare; Spenser; historical circumstance

Chapter.  4298 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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